There is little more that Landry can do to polish his defense, one of the best in either division. The front line, built around Bob Lilly and George Andrie, is second only to the Ram front four. Tough Lee Roy Jordan has matured into a knowledgeable, quick middle linebacker. He is flanked by Chuck Howley, a corner linebacker who has not received the credit he deserves, and Dave Edwards or Harold Hays.
The Dallas secondary is a capable unit, even though Landry has taken Renfro from his safety spot to spice the offense. Mike Gaechter, who replaces him, is just as fast and more experienced. Warren Livingston, Obert Logan and Cornell Green all have exceptional speed. Livingston and Green have 11 years of experience between them; Logan, in his second year, was one of the good surprises of the Cowboy camp a year ago and is even better now.
With a decline in the quality of the opposition in the East and an increase in their own striking and defending capabilities, the Cowboys are title-bound.